MusicRow is proud to reveal the honorees ahead of its seventh annual Rising Women on the Row celebration.
The premier breakfast event, saluting women in the Nashville music industry, will be held Tuesday, March 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the Omni Nashville Hotel.
The event will feature a four-speaker panel, including Tracy Gershon (Co-founder of Change The Conversation, Manager, Consultant), Mary Hilliard Harrington (Manager, Red Light Management), Rose Palermo (Attorney), and Ann Powers (NPR Music Critic and Correspondent). Special performer Abby Anderson will deliver a two-song performance.
City National Bank, Tri-Star and Loeb & Loeb are the Presenting Sponsors for the 2018 Rising Women on the Row.
Faithe Dillman (Founder/CEO, Marbaloo):
Dillman founded Nashville-based marketing & PR agency Marbaloo Marketing in 2010. Eight years later, the Marbaloo marketing umbrella encompasses four companies, including celebrity-focused digital agency Marbaloo;creative & design agency Remedy Creative; live event PR & marketing company Bandwidth, and Los Angeles based PR agency The Avenue West, which Dillman acquired in 2016. Dillman started in the music industry at 19 years old, quickly earning positions at Interscope Records and Universal Music Group, working with artists including Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and more, before launching Marbaloo Marketing. Her current clients include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Creative Nation.
Leslie DiPiero (General Manager, Tree Vibez Music):
In her role as General Manager at Tree Vibez Music, DiPiero oversees all day-to-day operations, as well as big picture planning for the company, including signing and developing talent and strategizing opportunities for the company. Within months of joining Tree Vibez, DiPiero negotiated three major signings, including RaeLynn, Corey Crowder and Daniel Ross. DiPiero’s career began at Buddy Killen Music and Beckett Music Group. She became a partner at Tom-Leis Music at age 30. She would go on to develop songwriters Sarah Buxton and Brandon Kinney, and secure record deals for both writers. In 2013, DiPiero opened Nashville’s Advanced Alternative Media Inc. management division, before joining Tree Vibez Music in June 2017.
Becky Gardenhire (Partner, WME):
Gardenhire is responsible for guiding the daily touring, film, literary and sponsorship opportunities for several well-known artists including Adam Craig, Charlie Worsham, Chase Bryant, Courtney Cole, Ingrid Andress, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Justin Adams, LANCO, RaeLynn, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Sara Evans and many others. She leads a team of agents that work across WME’s entire country roster booking concerts in arenas, amphitheaters, theaters, PACS and casinos in the South and is an integral part of WME’s New Artist Development Program. Gardenhire sits on the Board of Directors for the T.J. Martell Foundation and the W.O. Smith School of Music, and is a member of ACM, CMA, NARAS, IEBA and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lynn Oliver-Cline (President/Founder, River House Artists):
In 2016, Oliver-Cline launched River House Artists, a creative firm that includes label, publishing and management, with flagship artist Luke Combs. Combs has since celebrated a Gold-certified album and two Platinum, No. 1 singles. River House Artists manages Faren Rachels, Drew Parker, and in publishing represents Ray Fulcher (who earned his first No. 1 single with Combs’ “When It Rains It Pours”), Driver Williams, Rob Williford and Parker. Early in her career, Oliver-Cline joined Virgin Records as Director, A&R, before teaming with BMI in writer/publisher relations. In 2007, she became day-to-day manager for Zac Brown Band at ROAR. In 2010, she launched the band’s Southern Ground Artists as General Manager, overseeing all label, publishing and management operations. In 2014, she joined Thirty Tigers as VP, Marketing, spearheading album launches for Jason Isbell, Lucinda Williams, and more.
Annie Ortmeier (VP, Marketing-Digital Accounts, Universal Music Group Nashville):
Since joining UMG Nashville in 2013 as Director of Digital Marketing, Ortmeier has risen to the role of VP, Marketing-Digital Accounts, where she oversees streaming marketing strategy and analysis for all UMG Nashville artists, across all streaming accounts globally. Those artists include Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Gary Allan, Vince Gill, Kip Moore, George Strait, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson, Eric Paslay, Lauren Alaina, Billy Currington, Shania Twain and many more. Ortmeier’s career in digital marketing and commerce also includes time at Big Machine Label Group (Director of Interactive), Live Nation Entertainment (Merchandising Manager) and CMT.
Janet Weir (President/42 Entertainment; Manager, Red Light Management):
Janet began her career more than 20 years ago with Terry McBride and Nettwerk Management in Vancouver, Canada during the launch of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair concert tour and travelling music festival. She was involved with the early development of talent such as Coldplay, Dido, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, as well as managing Nashville based Sixpence None The Richer and signing Old Crow Medicine Show to Nettwerk Records. Joining Red Light Management, she moved with her family from Los Angeles to Nashville to sign and develop Texas singer-songwriter Maren Morris. She would eventually help Maren independently release the single “My Church” and EP before securing a record deal with Sony/Columbia Records. Janet continues to manage the GRAMMY, ACM and CMA-winning singer/songwriter today, in addition to Ryan Hurd.
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